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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

CHERRY, Colin (1914-1979)


Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/CHERRY

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: CHERRY, Colin (1914-1979)

Date(s): Created [1928]-1982

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 32 boxes

Name of creator(s): Cherry | Edward Colin | 1914-1979 | Professor of Telecommunication


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, St Albans, 1914; student with General Electric Company Research Laboratories, 1932-1936; at the same time studied at Northampton Polytechnic, London, BSc, 1936, MSc, 1940; research staff of General Electric Company, 1936-1945; attached to the Radar Research Establishment, Malvern, 1939-1945; Lecturer, Manchester University, 1945; Lecturer, Imperial College, 1947; Reader in Telecommunication, Imperial College; Professor of Telecommunication, Imperial College, 1958; Marconi International Fellowship, 1978; died, 1979.
Publications:On Human Communication (MIT Press, Wiley, 1957); World Communication: Threat or Promise (Wiley, 1971); The Age of Access: Information Technology and Social Revolution (completed by Dr W E Edmondson); numerous scientific papers on theory of electric circuits, telecommunication principles and the psychology of speech and hearing.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor Colin Cherry, [1928]-1981, comprising biographical papers, 1935-1981, notably index of reports on experiments at Northampton Polytechnic, 1935-1936; press cuttings, 1961-1974;
work diaries, 1962-1977; scientific notes and diagrams, [1928]-1950, mainly relating to elastic field analogies, periodic structures, transformers, electric and magnetic circuits;
papers whilst with Imperial College Electrical Engineering Department, 1953-1977, comprising papers relating to lectures, tutorials, seminars, symposiums, minutes and correspondence relating to an undergraduate group project scheme; papers relating to postgraduate lectures, 1950-1979, notably concerning circuit theory, communication; correspondence with staff, lectures for the London School of Economics, and Imperial College groups, 1951-1978; correspondence and reports relating to research projects and grants in the Communications Section, 1949-1977, including for stammering, communication developments and population, telephone services; research papers and notes of students, 1968-1978, correspondence with students, 1947-1971, concerning higher degrees, 1957-1967; correspondence and papers, largely concerning outside lectures, conferences and visits, 1948-1979, with professional, technical and educational institutions, societies, clubs, publishers, companies and some individuals; correspondence with the Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1946-1976, including notes and scripts;
unpublished papers, 1952-1962; correspondence relating to book publications, 1952-1978; published scientific papers and articles, 1940-1977; typescript of chapters of The Age of Access: Information Technology and Social Revolution , correspondence with the publishers, 1978-1979; recordings of talks and lectures, 1963-1976.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged in sections as outlined above. Students' research papers and correspondents are listed alphabetically by name.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available in the reading room of the College Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were transferred to the College Archives after Professor Cherry's death in 1979, with the agreement of Mrs Heather Cherry.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Records of the Department of Electrical Engineering (KEE), correspondence with Lord Jackson, 1950-1969, (B/JACKSON), held at Imperial College Library.

Correspondence with Charles Alfred Coulson, 1948-1950, held at Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (reference: CSAC60/4/78).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; National Register of Archives. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2000

Academic teaching personnel | Teachers | Educational personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Applied research | Research
Communication technology | Information technology
Engineering education | Higher science education
Research projects | Research programmes | Organization of research
Science and development | Scientific development
Scientific activities | Organization of research
Communication equipment

Personal names
Cherry | Edward Colin | 1914-1979 | Professor of Telecommunication

Corporate names
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine x Imperial College of Science and Technology x Imperial College x University of London | Imperial College
LSE | London School of Economics and Political Science x London School of Economics and Political Science
Northampton Polytechnic